Did You Know – the origin of the phrase ‘to eat humble pie’?

This week’s interesting fact appears in the Glossary of THE NOBLE OUTLAW by Bernard Knight; Book 11 in the medieval mystery series featuring Crowner (Coroner) John.

The umbles were the less desirable parts of venison, such as the offal. Especially at Christmas they were given by a lord to the poorer people to make ‘umble pie’ from which the expression ‘to eat humble pie’ arose as an indicator of subservient status.

Books 1-12 in the Crowner John series are available in eBook from Severn House. More information here.

 

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